Amerikanische Gaming CEO spricht zum Kongress

11/22/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

Frank Fakrenkopf, the CEO of the American Gaming Association, recently called online poker a “safe bet.”  He spoke at a congressional subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing, and trade during which issues regarding the future of gambling legislation were discussed at length.  Though the deliberations are expected to last a good deal of time, some committee members have hinted that the legalization of online gambling in the United States may be close at hand.

 

Many involved in the issues say that after years of debate, politicians and gambling industry professionals are beginning to see eye to eye on the matter.  Representative Mary Bono Mack pointed out that there are only two states left in the entire U.S. that have yet to legislate some form of regulated gambling.

 

A number of lawmakers brought forth statistics that showed that Americans have been gambling online by the millions for years.  However, since there is no system for legal gambling in America, all that revenue ends up going to the foreign operators overseas.  Furthermore, there are no laws protecting the players from fraud since the sites are not regulated by U.S. government.  The cherry on the cake, though, for most legislators is the immense tax revenue, about $2 billion annually, potentially available if online gaming were to be legalized in the states. 

 

Frank Fakrenkopf also mentioned at the hearing that a regulated industry would create quality jobs for Americans.  Poker Players Alliance chairman and former New York Senator Al D’Amato claimed that the American people are for the legalization of online poker.  He further stated that the actual illegality of online gambling is not clear cut because of the vagueness of the wording of the relevant legislature. 

 

 

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